November 25, 2010 Subject:
Reporter solves murder! Yeah, it's another one of those.
Unlikable, rich, businessman Edgar Drake is murdered at his townhouse the night his wife, who plans to divorce him and marry Drake's high-powered lawyer, is to meet there with her son, who is worried what Drake might do now that her plans were just aired on a radio program.
I picked my suspect, stuck with him, and I was right. It's not a hard one to solve, though. The third act is pretty much standard fare with all the suspects gathered together by the reporter. A series of plot conveniences, clumsily scripted, are then used to hold it together and make it work. Production values aren't high. The story moves along briskly. The dialog isn't as bright as it is in other movies of this type like 'A Shriek in the Night' or 'Murder by Invitation', but I was never bored. The acting is mostly good, aside from Iris Meredith who is sometimes laughably bad.
John Hamilton, who plays the other man in the love triangle, is the Daily Planet reporter's chief suspect. Later in life Hamilton would play Perry White, the editor of another newspaper called the Daily Planet, in the Adventures of Superman TV series.